Federal Investigation Agency-FLB: In the midst
of a scandal in Italy related to forced removal of dozens of children the mafia
took Anna Varganova’s 5-year-old son away from his family
The 41-year-old Anna
Varganova, a teacher by training, came to Italy five years ago for work. There
she met a man who did not want children. Therefore, when Anna got pregnant she
realised that she would have to raise the child by herself. She did not manage
to return to Russia before childbirth. And afterwards the compassionate Italian
social workers did not let her leave with the child. Everyone went on to send
her documents saying “Hand in your child to a good family, sign here”. Anna did
not agree, so the social services decided to wear her down offering free social
housing, which the local municipality would pay for. Anna focused on the child
and thought she was safe.
Five years later she
had to pay with her own child for the “free” room at the municipal family
residences in Bari. Tired of drifting around miserable Italian welfare housing,
Anna decided to return to Russia for good. When she was called in for
questioning at a local social security office the mother replied explicitly to
a question about her plans for the future: “I’m going home to Russia with my
son”. The social workers suddenly realised they were about to lose a valuable
commodity - a smart, beautiful, healthy Russian five-year-old child, who looked
just like an Italian, so they decided to act quickly. By delaying Anna for some
15 minutes they had time to “evacuate” her child, who was sleeping peacefully
at the municipal family residences, to an Italian orphanage with a secret
In the absence of Anna
the social security office made up an act of the juvenile court, which in Italy
constitutes a commission of 1-3 social workers. The verdict of the court was
simple: “The Russian mother is extremely dangerous and has a bad influence on
the child, who was urgently rescued and is now being prepared for transfer to a
well-to-do childless Italian couple”.
Anna and her Russian
relatives spent 3 days looking for her child all over Italy. Finally, a social
worker handed her the above “sentence”: one 60-minute visit to the child per
week in the presence of 2 wardens and 2 phone calls. Anna filed an appeal. She wrote
letters to Putin, the Russian Consulate in Rome and the Russian Ombudsman for
children Anna Kuznetsova. All the competent officials on duty then responded
that they were unable to alter a court verdict. She was told to deal with her
problems in Italian courts. The mother tried to find help for a month until
someone advised her to contact public defenders.
RUSSIAN MOTHERS TO THE
Anna turned to the
Mothers” a month after the seizure of
her son in Bari. Desperate, she was ready to openly communicate with the
Russian press. In one night the public defenders wrote a compassionate appeal
to the Russian journalists, sent it out to about five hundred media and 24 hours
later the whole country knew about the “unfortunate” incident in the Italian
city of Bari. Two peaceful and law-abiding Russians who had never had another
citizenship were found guilty before the Italian court of solely their desire
to leave Bari, the resort popular among Russian millionaires, and return to the
modest Russian city of Engels, where Anna owned a one-room apartment and where
she was supposed to start working as an elementary school teacher.
According to the laws
of Italy, you can enter the country and have a child there, but the intention
to leave Italy with the child is regarded as attempted kidnapping of an EU
resident and a valuable demographic unit. The Russian woman did not know this
and seriously thought that children and parents were inseparable. Europe has
long been implementing the “Parent #1, Parent #2, Parent #3” standard, while
Italy almost passed a law that would remove the words “mother” and “father”
from document management.
The Russian public
raised alarm and began inventing «Russian-folk» ways to save the single
mother’s son from the Italian bittersweet paradise. In the first 24 hours the
incident was commented in the Russian media by diplomats, representatives of
the children’s ombudsman, the Engels branch of the Investigative Committee,
Engels Child Services as well as human rights activists and even deputies.
OPEN LETTER TO THE
MAYOR OF BARI
The “Russian Mothers”
did not stop there and decided to inform Italian authorities that the incident
in Bari was being widely publicised. The civil activists wrote an open letter
to the mayor of Bari and local public officials. As a matter of fact, the letter
was sent straight to the same Italian feminist that oversaw Anna all those
years and smoothly led her to the seizure of her child in favour of Italy. The
letter was drafted in a polite and open manner. Frankly, the mayor’s office
were presented with striking facts. They were told they had provoked an
international scandal and were given references to what ordinary Russian people
now think of Bari.
The full text of the
open letter from the public organisation “Russian Mothers” to the civil
servants of the mayor’s office in Bari, Italy, is presented below.
Open letter to
Ms Mirianna De Astis and the administration of Bari from the public
organisation “Russian Mothers”. Moscow. Russia. September 6, 2019.
Dear Ms Miriana De
Astis and mayor’s office employees,
We would like to
inform you that the illegal abduction and retention of a citizen of the Russian
Federation and the gross violation of human rights and the rights of the child
Giorgio Varganov, 5, have caused an international scandal in Russia, which is
covered daily in the media and on federal television (videos annexed).
As a result, this
incident has been brought to the attention of the President of the Russian
Federation, the Russian children’s ombudsman, children’s services, diplomats,
as well as the police, media and human rights organisations.
We would greatly
appreciate the cooperation of your office and Bari authorities in the prompt
return of the child Giorgio Varganov (Russian citizen) to his Russian mother -
Anna Varganova (Russian citizen).
With respect and
hope for the prompt return of the Russian child to the Russian mother,
the public defender of Anna Varganova’s family representing the organisation
“Russian Mothers”, Moscow, Russia
PUBLIC ENQUIRY TO
THE CONSULAR SECTION IN ROME
officials were involved, the Russian Mothers sent a copy of the letter and a
few questions on the fate of the child by email to the Russian Embassy in Rome,
these authorities responded to the ordinary Russian women that supported Anna
Varganova on a form forwarded to the organisation’s mailbox.
RESPONSE: “IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD THE COURT DECIDED TO REMOVE THE
CHILD FROM HIS MOTHER”
The Bari mayor’s
office obviously responded in Italian and FLB publishes the reply for the first
Comune di Bari
Servizi Alla Persona
Per la protezione
delli madre russe
alla lettera aperta inoltrata con mail del 06/09/2019 avente ad oggetto:
Lettera aperta pe
la signora Miriana De Astis i per i suoi colleghi dell’amministrazione di Bari
dall’organizzazione della Madri Russe. Mosca.
In risposta alla
Sua lettera aperta inviata a mezzo mail ai nostri uffici in data 06-09-2019 la
informo che il Comune di Bari aiuta la signora Anna Varganova e suo figlio
Giogio accogliendoli su richiesta della signora dall’anno 2015 in una Comunita
adatta per mamma con bambini pagata dalla nostra Ammininistrazione.
Il progetto di
aiuto offerto era quello di assicurare una sistimazione abitativa adeguata alla
famiglia e tutti i servizi necessari sia alla crescita sana del bambino che al
benessere della mamma.
La madre e stata
inoltre aiutata da diversi servisi socio-sanitari di questa citta che le hanno
prescritto percorsi di cura a tutela sua personale e per migliorare il rapporto
con il suo bambino.
anni, la madre, non e riuscita a recuperate le sue difficolta e a seguire I
percorsi individuati dai servizi socio-sanitari ed e per questo que il Tribunale
per I Minorenni di Bari, che e l’Instituzione italiana preposta a protezione
dei bambini, ha deciso, nell’interesse del bambino, di accoglierlo in una
Cominita abbata a lui, mentre la madre e stata inserita in un’altra communita.
Il Tribunale ha deciso
inoltre che la madre ed il bambino possono incontrarsi ogni settimana, parlare,
giocare e stare del tempo insieme, sebbene in incontri protetti.
Tutto e stato
comunque deciso dai guiduci del Tribunale dei Minorenni di Bari nell’intento di
Raporti sereni tra
il bambino e la sua mamma.
Per ogni altra
informazione la signora Varganova, anche attraverso i suoi avvocati, potra
rivolgersi, mediante richiesta di assecco agli atti, al Tribunale per I
Minorenni di Bari dove e depositata la documentazione sociale e sanitaria.
Dear Irina Bergseth,
In response to your
open letter sent by email to our office on September 6, 2019, I inform you that
the Municipality of Bari aided Ms Anna Varganova and her son Giorgio at her
request in 2015 by providing her with free social housing - a room in family
residences for mothers with children, paid for by the administration of the
municipality aiming at both the child’s healthy growth and the mother’s
The mother also
benefits from various social and medical services in Bari, which contribute to
the treatment and protection of the child’s health as well as the improvement
of the mother’s relations with her child.
During all these
years the mother was not able to overcome the difficulties (lack of housing,
permanent work) on her own and independently pay for the services offered to
her by the municipality of Bari related to cohabitation with the child in
shared social housing along with social and medical services. Consequently, the
Juvenile Court of Bari, which is responsible for the protection of children in
Italy, decided in the best interests of the child to move the child from the
mother to another social institution. The mother is also to be evicted from
social housing and relocated to other residences for persons without children.
The court also
decided the mother and child can see each other once a week, talk, play and
stay together for 60 minutes in the presence of 2 wardens. Nevertheless, all
this was decided by the heads of the juvenile court in order to ensure the best
interests of the child.
For any other
information, Ms. Varganova can apply through her lawyers to the juvenile court
of Bari, where we have filed social and medical documentation, and familiarise
herself with the court rulings.
Social welfare services
Dr. Francesca Bottalico
RESPONSE FROM THE
RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN ITALY
The response letter of
September 20, 2019 from the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Russian
Federation in Rome, Italy was signed by the head of the consular section Andrey
Uraksin. Here is the full text:
With regard to your
request of September 6, we note the following. We have informed A. Varganova in
writing that we are in contact with the judicial and law enforcement
authorities of Bari.
It is indicated in
the text of the decision taken by the juvenile court of Bari and other official
documents we have received, that A. Varganova was suspended of parental rights
with respect to her son. There is no question of deprivation of parental rights
in these documents. At the same time, the Italian court does not exclude the
possibility of reunification of the son and the mother. The conditions for this are specified in the judgement.
into account the wish to repatriate expressed by A.Varganova, the court will
consider this possibility based on G. Varganov’s availability of relatives and
living conditions in Russia.
Section continues to monitor the situation in order to protect the legitimate
interests of the minor G. Varganov.
Head of the
Consular Section A. Uraksin”.
child was taken away in the midst of a children’s services scandal in Italy
It turned out that the
emphasised politeness in the correspondence of the Bari social services had
nothing to do with the desire to contact with Russian public activists.
The truth is that few
people in Russia know yet that a media scandal related to children peaked
precisely on August 6, 2019 - the day when Giorgio was removed from his mother
Anna in Bari.
Apparently, the social
workers in Bari are worried. After all, they clearly understand that so far
Anna’s story is just a small incident. But if these Russians dig deep, G.
Varganov’s case may reveal fraud and forgery, slander and lies, i.e. become
another criminal incident within the “Angels and Demons" high profile
case, which is at the moment shocking the Italian public. Anyway, first things first.
Varganova with her son Giorgio and their relative. During a recent one-hour
supervised visit at a nursing home in Molfetta
THE “ANGELS AND
DEMONS” OF THE ITALIAN MUNICIPALITIES
A criminal case the
Italian police are at the moment investigating was dubbed “Angeli e Demoni” by
Italian journalists. This is a case about hundreds of children in Italy seized
on fabricated charges and forged documents from traditional families of any
nationality. Italian media report that the mafia syndicate was organised by the
Italian homosexual Federica Anghinolfi to transfer children to Italian
non-traditional couples. The police investigation has already revealed 272
children whose fate was crippled. The names of 27 suspects have been released
to the press, 6 of them are under arrest. Among the participants of the scandal
are 3 mayors of Italian municipalities, as well as other high profile persons
from both the regional and national Italian elite. Journalists point to the
involvement of even Democratic Party of Italy politicians in the syndicate and
predict that much more important members of the Italian elite are about to
emerge in the “Angels and Demons” case on child trafficking and supply of
victims to homosexuals.
CHILDREN TO ITALIAN NON-TRADITIONAL COUPLES
On June 28, 2019 the
Italian national newspaper “Il Giornale” published an article entitled “Leader of Gay Couples Was the
“Director” of Horror Custody" /La "paladina" delle
coppie gay "regista" degli affidi dell’orrore. The Italian
journalists’ material covering the police investigation (launched in the summer
of 2018) states that the head of social services in the province of Reggio
Emilia - Federica Anghinolfi, a militant genderist - organised a shadow
business based on the trafficking of children to gay couples on command. For
this purpose she got all levels of the Italian elite involved, gathering them
in a powerful mafia.
Members of the
“Anghinolfi clan” could seize children on forged documents and fraudulent
schemes from almost any respectable traditional family in the region of Italy
where they had it all covered. Moreover, according to Italian journalists,
Federica Anghinolfi gave one of the hundreds of children forcibly removed from
good families as a present to her former girlfriend, who now lives with a new
syndicate” for seized children trafficking infiltrated not only the regional,
but also the national Italian elite. The police have already arrested the mayor
of Bibbiano - Andrea Carletti. As follows from the materials published in the Italian
media on the investigation, the Reggio province mafia officially and seriously
planned to remove “up to 600 children a year” from traditional families and
supply them to pervert couples.
3 MAYORS ALREADY INVOLVED
IN THE “ANGELS AND DEMONS” CASE
On 2 July, 2019 the
newspaper “Il Giornale” published an article entitled “Angels and Demons Case Expanding: Another Two
Democrat Mayors Involved” /«Angeli e Demoni", si
allarga l'inchiesta: indagati altri due sindaci dem». Paolo Colli, ex-mayor of
Montecchio, and Paolo Burani, ex-mayor of Cavriago, are now also under
investigation for abuse of authority and are being tried in the “Angels and
of Italy in the “Angels and Demons” case
The article begins
with the statement that “the Democratic Party of Italy got caught in the middle
of the investigation of the child trafficking case”/ Il Partito democratico
finisce nell'occhio del ciclone nell’inchiesta sul business degli affidamenti
dei minori. According to journalists, “some argue that the democrats are really
deeply involved in the case”. However, the regional party leadership is ready
to distance itself from its mayor mixed up in child trafficking. Journalists
claim that the “Angels and Demons” case highlights the fact that the Democratic
Party mayor Adriano Carletti publicly insisted not only on the opening in his
region of a special center for the treatment of children seized on forged
documentation, but also on the scaling up of Federica Anginolfi’s “positive”
experience in other regions of Italy.
THE LAND OF SEIZED
Another article dated
June 30, 2019 under the headline “Val d’Enza, the Land of Seized Children: Over One Hundred in 2,5 Years”
/Val d’Enza, la terra dei
bambini in affido: oltre cento in due anni e mezzo states that neither the
mayor, nor other officials paid attention to requests to increase the budget of
seized child reception facilities by 200 thousand euros. Proponents of
increasing state subsidies argued their requests were justified by “a sudden
increase in the number of children in line for foster families: in 2015 there
were zero, in 2016 - 104, in 2017 - 110 and in the first six months of 2018 -
92 (184 for the full year of 2018)”. And all this takes place in a small region
of Italy with a population of just over 20 thousand people (as at 2008).
The army of
caretakers, meanwhile, loudly reported an increase in the family placement of
children saved from domestic violence. In 2015 there were 136 children rescued
from their natural parents in the region, and in 2016 there were already 183,
in 2017 - 235, in the first half of 2018 - 178 (therefore, up to 356 for the
full year of 2018).
The more children were
seized in this region of Italy, the more money was demanded from the budget.
The criminal syndicate’s rationale for a significant increase in public funding
was, of course, the growing number of children removed from their families and
requiring resettlement. For instance, in 2015 they received 245,000 euros from
the state budget, in 2016 - 305,000 euros, in 2017 - 327,000 euros. Finally,
the figure of 342,000 euros appeared in the expenditure plan for 2018.
But this was only one
of many items of expenditure on the seized children. Psychological support
required another 6,000 euros in 2015, while in 2017 this figure increased to up
to 31,000 euros. According to the journalistic investigation, in the first half
of 2018 about 27,000 euros had already been spent on psychologists (which means
that by the end of the year this amount could double and reach 54,000 euros).
For some reason, no
one in Italy was surprised that this growth in the number of children forcibly
orphaned, allegedly in response to suffering and atrocities in the natural
families, in this tiny quiet Italian province is only comparable to peak
numbers of disadvantaged children in the territories affected by local military
conflicts. (Per i servizi sociali un boom in linea con i dati dei Paesi in
30 VIPS INVOLVED IN
THE “ANGELS AND DEMONS” CASE
The scale of the
Italian syndicate for the trafficking of children seized from traditional
couples will become more clear after examining the list of the members of the
regional and national elite involved in this scandal provided by Italian
journalists. On June 28, 2019, the portal “reggioreport.it” gave the names of 27 personas associated
with the case.
Six of them were
already under house arrest in June 2019.
Taken into custody at
1) Andrea Carletti,
mayor of the commune of Bibbiano (part of the province Reggio nell’Emilia and
the region Emilia-Romagna), - as the authorised representative of the social
services of the Unione Val d’Enza municipality.
2) Claudio Foti
(famous Italian psychotherapist), 68 years old, head of the “Hansel e Gretel”
research center in Turin / Сentro studi Hansel e Gretel di Torino, honorary
judge of the juvenile court of Turin (from 1980 to 1993), conducted special
psychiatric test studies on children as Guinea pigs. This NGO was at the core of the
“Angels and Demons” scandal, executing guardianship authorities’ orders for
forging documents supporting the illegal removal of children from
Also under house
Anghinolfi, 56 years old, from Montecchio, head of social services of the
Unione Val d’Enza municipality.
4) Nadia Bolognini, 49
years old, psychotherapist at the “Hansel e Gretel” research center (wife of
Claudio Foti, director of the NGO).
5) Francesco Monopoli,
34 years old, from Correggio - social worker in the Unione Val d’Enza
6) Marietta Maria Pia
Veltri - coordinator of social services in the same region.
Office also banned the following members of the Italian “Angels and Demons”
case on child trafficking from working with children for 6 months:
- Imelda Bonaretti, 42
years old, from the commune of Sant’Ilario - social service psychotherapist.
- Matteo Mossini,
32 years old, from Parma - social service psychologist.
- Nadia Campani,
46 years old, from Quattro Castella, head of the planning office in the region.
- Barbara Canei,
43 years old, from Reggio Emilia, managing instructor of social services in the
- Sarah Testa, 32
years old, from Turin, “Hanse e Gretel” psychotherapist.
- Maria Vittoria
Mesdea, 32 years old, from Parma, educator.
- Sara Gibertini,
38 years old, from Bibbiano, social worker.
Magnarelli, 32 years old, from San Polo, social worker.
Scalabrini, 27 years old, from Casalgrande, social worker.
Federica Anghinolfi, a
homosexual mafia leader and simultaneously head of child services in the
region, and Francesco Monopoli, a social worker in the region, both under
arrest, were also banned from working with children for six months. Two
adoptive parents from Reggio Emilia, who received children “on request” from
Federica Anghinolfi’s mafia, have been prohibited from approaching and
communicating with a child whose custody they received fraudulently. (Source: http://www.reggioreport.it/2019/06/angeli-e-demoni-arrestati-e-indagati-i-nomi/).
other suspects involved in the child trafficking case, journalists provided the
following names of famous Italian people, members of the country’s elite:
Scarlatti, lawyer, active and renowned expert in the field of child protection
at the national level.
- Emilia Fausto
Nicolini, Director General of Health in the region.
Gazzotti, head of communications of the regional health system.
- Attilio Mattioni,
institutional manager of the regional health system.
Alfieri, psychologist of the regional health system (Montecchio).
- Flaviana Murru,
neuropsychiatrist of the Italian health system.
Ucchino, neuropsychiatrist of the Italian health system.
The case also involves
the educator Beatrice Benati, the gang leader’s ex-partner Cinzia Prudente and
psychotherapy teacher Katia Guidetti.
What were all these
respectable people doing? “While in various public positions or performing
various state orders for social services, these persons carried out procedural
fraud, abused their authority, mistreated children, engaged in acts of
violence, disorientation, issued false public acts and official documents,
attempted extortion, committed embezzlement of funds, everything down to
causing serious injuries to children, including during removal from their
natural parents, which led some of the children to attempt self-harm or drug
MACHINE”. EXPERIMENTS ON KIDS
The Italian police are
investigating the “Angels and Demons” case on two fronts. On the one hand, they
investigate the embezzlement of budget funds. Since the transfer of children
from natural families to the regional health system’s social institutions and
foster families was carried out, in essence, at the expense of theft of public
money (inflated expenses on pseudo-treatment, psychotherapy, psychologists,
conferences, training courses, courts, expert opinions, lawyers, displacement
of children in social institutions, circulation of orphans among foster
families etc.) Children were, in fact, forcibly removed from natural families
only in order to start their movement along the chain of private care
institutions for a fee: as long as children (as goods) are moving, state and
municipal budget funds flow in to sustain this perpetuum mobile of social
orphan (as goods) circulation on the regional orphan market of Italy.
On the other hand, the
police are investigating the “unjustified” removal of minors from natural
traditional families on false documents, fictitious situations and facts.
Moreover, in order to force children to cast aspersions on their own parents,
Italian psychotherapists and psychiatrists (involved in the case) utilised all
available medical tools for manipulating children, including methods prohibited
in Italy (the “memory
machine”/machinetta dei ricordi),
which journalists interpret as torture and social engineering. The journalist
Costanza Tosi wrote about it on July 2, 2019 in the article “Cos'è l'inchiesta «Angeli e
Demoni», on July 1, 2019 in the article “Brainwashing and Torture. This
Is How They Manipulated Children”/Lavaggio del cervello e torture.
Così manipolavano I bambini and on July 4, 2019 in the article «Ecco come le onlus dell'orrore
lucravano sulla pelle dei bambini».
THE SYSTEM OF
TRANSFER OF CHILDREN TO FRIENDS AND EXES
In accordance with the
decision of the Prosecutor of the region of Reggio Emilia (Italy), the “Angels
and Demons” case revealed
instances when caretakers receiving seized
children from regional child services had friendly or even romantic
relationships with social service management and employees. The police also
note that in this region children seized from traditional families were often
transferred to non-traditional couples. It was non-traditional couples who
received amounts way beyond the minimum threshold for the maintenance of
children under custody.
Constanza Tosi states
in the article entitled “Established System of Transfer of Children to Friends
and Exes”/«Abusi, quel
sistema collaudato per dare i bimbi ad amici ed ex» (30.06.2019) that increased payments from the
budget to such couples were made based on false documents claiming the child
they received allegedly required increased care expenses since it was
challenging for him to stay in a non-traditional family.
All of Italy has been
following the development of the “Angels and Demons” investigation in the
recent months and hopes that all stolen children will be returned to their native
mothers and fathers. And here we have a new story with the forced removal of a
Hope is to be found
here in the professional work of the Russian diplomats in Rome who are already
patronising the five-year-old Italian barnevernet’s prisoner Giorgio Varganov,
a Russian citizen, and are contributing to his prompt return to Russia with his
On September 24, 2019
the Italian media reported
that the Italian court has already
returned a two-year-old child from the “Angels and Demons” syndicate to his
birth mother and father.
We expect that the
Italian authorities will return the Russian child Giorgio Varganov seized on
August 6, 2019 to his mother Anna as soon as possible.
Bergseth, exclusively for Federal Investigation Agency-FLB.ru
RUS Federal Investigation Agency-FLB.ru